Sony LIV’S recently released sci-fi series JL 50 has received has been received appreciation by critics and viewers but the series director Shailender Vyas feels the show was designed for big-screen.
Vyas talked about releasing the show on OTT, sharing the reason that they took the decision due to the global pandemic that shut down theatres, “It was a heartbreaking decision for me and the team to take as we have an emotional connection to the show. For me and the team, it was important to release and reach our audience.”
Talking about the show, Vyas shared, “When I started writing JL 50, my focus was to represent to my audience the strong connection India always had with science. Moreover, every time I would discuss time travel, their action mostly was ‘Yeh sab India mein nahin chalta’. Which dragged me to study Indian history to understand the importance of science in our heritage, lifestyle and tradition then and now. I was elated to learn how rich India is when it comes to scientific conclusions.”
Vyas further added, saying, “Hence, it was not difficult for me to hold on to the Indianness in the story.”
However, the director is happy as he got to work with his favourite actors, “I got a chance to direct the finest actors of the industry and at the same time the process was easy and enlightening. In fact, they were not just actors but my support system who stood by me throughout the journey like a family.”
JL50 features the ensemble cast, that includes Abhay Deol, Pankaj Kapur and Piyush Mishra, the show revolves around a plane that vanished decades ago right after take-off, and suddenly crash-lands in a remote village of present-day West Bengal.